help with music room pc's
Our old music room pc's are still alive but really are a bit long in the tooth. (old p4's)
Putting in a bid for new pc's is not a problem, however I'm really not that up on sound stuff esp as it connects to actual music production.
Cubase essentials 5 is the main bit of sftware used, with keyboards hooked in via midi to a sound card (cannot remember the exact make but they are C-media chips and have ASIO drivers
To get around the issue of the cubase usb licence dongles, or them going walkabout, I fitted a USB pci card which has 3 usb sockets at the back and one internal socket, so the dongle can get plugged in inside the case so people cannot get to it.
We had some custom front audio panels made up, it sits in a 5.25" bay with 3 standard 1/4" sockets these are just wired through the case, out the back and connect into the sound card via standard 1/8" jacks (two go to a single speaker output, so two people can plug in head phones from the front, and a 3rd socket goes to the microphone in socket on the sound card, so a powered microphone or even a guitar can be plugged in)
The setup is not perfect but works, other than the general slowness of the pc's
ideally we'd like to keep both the USB cards and custom audio connectors
looking at a basic i3 2100, 4gb ddr 1333mhz, 250gb 7200rpm hard drive in a chifetec mATX tower
But I'm really not sure what sort of sound card we should be looking at?
There's potential we could reuse the current cards but I'm not sure if there's drivers for window7 64bit for them and even if there is 2 pci slots on the new motherboard (one for sound card one for usb card).
The teacher has also asked about phantom power, which I understand is a powered 1/4" socket so you can plug a standard microphone in.
I know most sound cards now don't come with midi ports, but we could use USB to midi adaptors, but which are good ones? which are reasonable cost? which are junk?
What's a good sound card for ASIO drivers and performance?